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Carrie


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15/10/2007 16:42

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Hi folks. We have just bought in Glass View Bay (still waiting for contact stage) and as I would like to work if possible,what are the rules on a UK citizen working in the TRNC? As we are new to this, there will be more questions I am sure bu I have noted that UKTurk seems to know most of the answers so hoping you can help us too. Thanks



ukturk



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15/10/2007 17:10

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hi there carrie

welcome to the forum and thank you for your praise

firstly you need to apply for a residence visa because without his you cant have a work visa, to get a work visa can be quite difficult but not impossible the reason for this is because you have to find a employer who will apply for you on your behalf (you cant apply yourself unless you set up your own buisness) and also prove to the Migration officer at the Ministry of Interior the job that is being offered can not be done by a turkish cypriot citizen so any skilled jobs i.e teaching - doctors & nurses etc

so if you have any skills then it will be ok but if you dont then to work here legally will be a bit of a problem

the only other way round it is too get a job in the bars-resturants-clubs or even in the local shops a lot of expats do this and the pay is not that bad!!!!

But i dont agree with this because it is not legal plus you dont pay taxes and insurance (why should we not pay taxes where you are living we did in the u.k and complained that the foreignes dont pay tax) and also in worst case if you get caught you could face deportation not trying to scare you but make sure you understand everything like i said a lot of ex pats work without visa's and not had any problems

hope this helps you

ukturk

p.s if you need any more info or help on any other subjects just post me and ill be more than happy to help you or any of the other posters (most of us know what we are talking about)



DONTY


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15/10/2007 20:53

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hi carrie and ukturk



what ukturk says about working illegally is very true, it can be done but not advisable as you can get deported!



if you find a job where the employer is willing to get you a work visa you can bypass the residence visa, i have only ever had a work visa not residence visa as a work visa covers you for residency. now they have reduced the maximum stay for visitors to 30 days you will have to get residency unless you get a job as soon as you get here.



very little money in bar/restaurant work normally.

if you have office skills try estate agents and lawyers offices.

if you have any sales skills the most money is in property sales.

people with a trade can do well.

best of luck.



Carrie


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16/10/2007 16:11

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Thank you both for that. It was as I had expected really. I have office skills so guess I will go the estate agent/lawyer route. I am sure we will have more questions in the future.



Again, many thanks



Carrie



TUTOR4U


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02/11/2007 13:05

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Hi Carrie



i applied for and got a job in an estate agents the hours were 8.30 to 5.30 weekdays and 8.30 to 2pm Saturday. The pay - 100 per week for 50+ hours! Also owner wasn't overly worried about a work permit, but I was. Hope you have better luck.



ukturk



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02/11/2007 13:32

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hi tutor

and welcome to the forum

when you say you got a job in a estate agents for a 100 pound a week i presume you will be working in the office and not actually selling because if you was you would be earning a bit more money than that

you are right to have some concerns because firstly if you are in the office you will be first point of contact on show to everyone and people will see that you are working their and also in the estate agent game the buisness is very cut throat so lets say your company is doing really well other agents will get jealous and mite report you i had the same problem in turkey because i can speak english/turkish fluently and i sold a lot of houses in turkey

the reason the owner was not to fussed about a work visa because he would have to pay out of his pocket for a visa and prob does not want to do this if this is the case think twice do you really want to work for someone that does not follow the rule book (he will only get fined - you could get deported)

hope this help you all

regards



jock1



Joined: 06/01/2008
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Message Posted:
17/01/2008 14:12

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Is it true that if i was starting my own business, that i would have to have a cypriot partner (business partner)



Milou


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17/01/2008 14:55

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UKTurk

I agree with you about paying taxes - can you help? Keith and I will be drawing most of our income from the hole in the machine (nationwide in UK). Do I need to keep slips to prove that that is the income that we've brought in?

I am assuming that we will need to fill in some tax form on an annual basis - where do we go to register for taxes? I am I correct in saying that we pay 20 percent of income that we bring in? Do we have an allowance before we pay taxes?



I've tried looking at the internet sights for government but can't find anything.



Much regards



Milou


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17/01/2008 15:07

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I have put a new post for tax.



Thanks



Regards



ukturk



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Message Posted:
17/01/2008 16:19

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hi mılou

as far as i know your correct in thinking that 20% is the rate, but i will ask my accountant friend in cyprus for you and wıll have a answer for you, to tell you the truth thou if its only the pension you are drawing from the u.k then i would not go thru the stress of claiming it, if its more than a pension you are drawing then thats a diffrent ball game i would say you have to report it and its to the tax office or you just hire a accountant who you pay on a monthly basis

regards

ukturk



Milou


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Message Posted:
17/01/2008 16:26

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UKTurk



I've posted on the new post "Paying taxes in the TRNC" so that other people can see.



Thanks again



ukturk



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Message Posted:
17/01/2008 16:27

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jock

it totally depends on what buisness you are thinking of setting up, but if you are a resident and have a resi visa, all you do is form a buisness then apply for a work visa then you wont have any problems

like in turkey some buisness you can own on a resi visa but you are not allowed to work in it but once you have the work visa there is no problem, in my eyes this a bit of a silly rule if you only have a resi visa, you are allowed to own a buisness you can invest your money into the buisness but you are not allowed to work there where is the logic in that

regards

ukturk



jock1



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Message Posted:
17/01/2008 17:10

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thanks ukturk its a strange one, i intend to look more in depth when i get over, how ever keep up the good work iv sure learned a lot reading up on this forum. kind regards jock



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